Commitment Impact: Darien Washington

Washington is definitely in the hunt for at least five defensive back in their 2012 recruiting class. At this point, it's uncertain how the numbers will work so when Orange (Ca.) Lutheran DB Darien Washington committed nearly a month ago, the question was asked -- where does he fit in? -- and's Scott Eklund does it's best to answer that question in this report...

While we haven't been able to gather up any film on the talented DB from Orange, California, has been able to speak with his coaches as well as those who have seen him live and from what we've been able to gather his size (5'11", 180) belies what he brings to the field.

Over and over, the words that kept coming up were "toughness", "Football I.Q." and "Physical" and that is why he is projected to play either safety spot in Washington's scheme.

One reason for the the "tough" label is because Washington played with a labrum injury for much of the 2010 football season, but still managed to post 48 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed while earning All-League honors.

Washington's commitment is intriguing because if he is slated for safety, what does that mean for the rest of the safety prospects that Washington is known to have offered -- Shaquille Thompson, Reggie Daniels, Seth Jacobs, Taylor Lagace, Zach Hoffpauir and Gerald Bowman.

Because of Washington's size and quickness, he is a player who could drop down and cover the slot while also possessing the open-field tackling skills to bring down backs in the flat.

His commitment won't affect the recruitment of the other players named above since the Huskies are looking for probably two safeties in this class.

When he arrives at Montlake next year, Washington will join a loaded safety position with the likes of Greg Walker (Sr.), Justin Glenn (Sr.), Nate Fellner (Sr.), Will Shamburger (Jr.), Taz Stevenson (Jr.) and Sean Parker (Jr.) already on the roster and James Sample set to join the team this summer.

Travis Feeney and Evan Zeger, two 2011 signees, could also be thrown into the mix at safety, although there is some thought that both will likely move up to play linebacker.

However, even if both stay at safety, the six upper classmen mentioned would all be gone (save an injury that causes them to use a redshirt season), leaving just Sample, Feeney and Zeger, so the need for safeties is definitely there and if you can find a good one, then you take him, regardless of the numbers.

Washington's versatility will definitely come into play in where he fits in the overall defensive scheme, but make no mistake, his talent, toughness and Football I.Q. make him a very nice prospect to work with in the deep patrol.

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